The Center for Disease Control Annual STD report has been released, and Condom Depot has all the information you need to know.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Chlamydia: 1,412,791 cases reported in 2011. An increase of 8% since 2010. This rise is most likely due to increased screening and improved testing procedures.
Gonorrhea: 321,849 cases reported in 2011. An increase of 4% since 2010. Rates are still at historic lows, however this is the 2nd consecutive year of increases.
The Center for Disease Control Annual STD Report goes on to state that Americans between 15 and 24 are at the highest risk for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Young women face the most serious long-term health consequence as prolonged infection can lead to complications in pregnancy.
Increase in cases of Syphilis
While Syphilis is ranked lower on the infection rate with only 13,970 cases reported in 2011, the CDC noticed an interesting trend in the demographic of those infected.
Trend data available for the first time show that men who have sex with men now account for nearly three quarters (72 percent) of all primary and secondary syphilis cases. Primary and secondary syphilis are the most infectious stages of the disease and if not treated can lead to visual impairment, stroke, and in rare cases death.
How to Stay Safe When Having Sex
Sometimes data like this can be frightening. Luckily, there are a few easy things you can do to help minimize your exposure to sexually transmitted infections. The first step is to always engage in safe sex practices. That means wearing a condom or other sexual barriers like the female condom when engaging in sex. Don’t let someone’s condom myths stop you from protecting yourself and becoming another statistic.
[Source – CDC ]